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Autumn 2018 Online Edition


will be held on Thursday 8th November 2018 at 7.30 pm in St Patrick’s Parish Hall.



will take place on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm. in the Orange Hall. Santa will be visiting. Music by First Old Boys Silver Band. There will be refreshments and a ballot for NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Association and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. A night out for all ages.

Continue on the first Monday at 10.00am in the Parish Hall, an opportunity to catch up on what is happening in the area, Open to everyone.

You will have been delighted to see, despite the inconvenience of the road closure, the improvements to the road at the Drum Bridge corner A new skid resistant surface will go down when the new surface has settled. This is thanks to the DRA Committee and its Chairman, Hugh Crookshanks, who lobbied Transport NI, Road Service to take action to reduce the number of accidents. However, this is still a dangerous corner so SLOW DOWN.

Belfast City |Council is in the process of developing areas in some of its parks where pet dogs will be allowed to run freely.
There is already, in North Belfast, such a fenced in area and the scheme is to be extended with designated areas in West, East and South Belfast.
In South Belfast the plan is to create such a facility at Clement Wilson Park, aka Barnetts’ Demesne.
To encourage the Council along this path of development and to show the appreciation of dog owners it would be a constructive move if residents in the Drumbeg area who keep (a) pet dog(s) were to join together and write a letter to the Council expressing their keen interest in this proposal.
Anyone interested in following this up may contact June and Sam Martin.


Despite the difficult weather conditions over the Summer, the Annual Show was, as ever, a resounding success, with record entries in many classes off setting the drop in others, in particular the roses. The baking and craft classes continue to attract ever increasing numbers with some stunning entries showing that traditional crafts are still alive and flourishing in Drumbeg. Whilst there was an improvement in the number of entries in the young persons’ classes the Committee would like to see many more entries next year.
Paul McGaghey judged the flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables and Barbara Farris young people, photography, craft, home baking and preserves.
Hugh Crookshanks, the DRA Chairman, welcomed everyone and in particular, Mrs Elizabeth Fleming, President, Drumbeg WI, who opened the Show and presented the trophies.

The trophies awarded were:
Drumbeg Residents’ Association Cup 1990—
Best in Show excluding Young Persons’ classes – Elma Matthews
Drumbeg Residents Cup 1992—Flowers, fruit or vegetables — Sue Wilton
Rose of Drumbeg—Special Class Prize— Eva Orr
Drumbeg Cup—Young Persons’ Cup— Charlie Mulholland
DRA Jubilee Cup –Judges’ choice from non cup winners— Maura Matthews
Mark Crowe Cup—Floral Art— Elma McDowell
The Farris Cup—Home Baking and Preserves - Stephen Matthews
DRA Diamond Jubilee Cup - Photography and Craft— Sheelagh McRandal
Drumbeg Parish Cup—Jam— Eva Orr
WI 2016 Cup—Victoria Sandwich— Diana McVicker
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Tomatoes— Molly Craig
Drumbeg Residents’ Cup 2016—Household with the most entries– Rosemary Reid and Irene and Roger McWilliam
Bloomfield Cup 2017 –Pot Plant– Audrey Jackson

see more of the show images here


The prescribed knitting class at the DRA Annual Show continues to be popular with 54 body warmers being entered. In addition : 12 hats, 8 sets of warmers, hats and bootees, I cardigan, hat, bootee and mitts set and 1 blanket were also submitted for donation to the RVH Neonatal Unit.
The Unit was delighted to accept these garments and have asked Drumbeg knitters to keep up the good work. In addition to the body warmers, they have asked for matching sets of hats, mittens and bootees — a project for those dark winter nights.

The Community Service was held on the same weekend as the Annual Show in St Patrick’s Church. Members of the DRA assisted in the Service by doing readings and prayers.
£534 was collected for Cancer Focus NI, and NI Chest Heart and Stroke the DRA’s charities this year.

On 19 June, 25 residents headed for the Down County Museum in Downpatrick Gaol. They had tea, coffee and scones before spending time viewing the Museum exhibition.
Afterwards, they travelled to Castleward where some enjoyed a guided tour of the house whilst others wandered in the grounds in the glorious weather.
An excellent, late lunch was had in the Cúan, Strangford, where proceedings were rounded off with a quiz hosted by the chef. All were agreed that it was the best outing to date. Many thanks to Margaret Hegarty and Jane Steele for organising it.


The Patchwork and Quilters Group has changed its name and is now “Heavenly Crafts”. As well as the patchwork and quilting, members do knitting, crotchet, sewing etc. and each brings their own project.
The group continues to meet, under the guidance of Susan Kee, in the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall but have changed tits meeting o the first and third Mondays of the month.

The annual Exhibition last May ended the club year. It was pleasing to report that as a result the Art Club was able to donate £710 to the Parish Charity Fund. The Art Club has resumed activities after the summer break and meets weekly each Thursday 2pm to 4pm. in the Parish Hall. New members are always welcome. Just come along or contact Michael Boyd.

The DOGS had their final golf outing of the year last September. In all , there were three successful outings under the Captaincy of Linda Dean who has been an excellent Captain throughout the year. The AGM takes place in October when a new Captain and officers will be appointed for the incoming year. New members are always welcome.


Here we are at the start of a new year for Drumbeg WI. But, although there were no meetings during the summer, we weren't idle! The Rambling Club continued to walk every Wednesday and the Culture Club went to Londonderry to see the much acclaimed exhibition of work by Colin Davidson.
Many members entered the DRA Annual Show with a good number of successes. At the City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show the theme for the WI competition was Centenary Celebrations and we chose to celebrate the Royal Air Force. We continue to develop our interest in craft.
We kicked off the new session with Dr Barrie Hartwell from QUB speaking on the archaeology of the area surrounding the Giants Ring. It's quite amazing what is under our feet some of it dating back 3500BC!
Other up and coming events include a trip to the ballet, our annual dinner and a talk on Indian cookery, A new program of events for 2019/2020 season is well underway and will include talks on first aid and recycling, to name but a few. The ramblers will be having trips to Rathlin Island and the Gobbins. Always something on the go.

The Mobile Library continues to visit Drumbeg on a Monday each fortnight, stopping at Rural Cottages, Hambleden Park, Rosevale Avenue, and Gowan Heights between 11.00 and 13.00hrs. The next few dates are: 29 Oct, 12 and 26 Nov etc. Use it or lose it.


By taking a litter picker and plastic bag from one of the green wheely bins at the Church Gate or the Orange Hall you can pick up litter on your walk. Please leave both back again.

Local footballing hero Jimmy McIlroy who died on 20 August 2018 is reckoned to be Burnley’s greatest player. Born in Lambeg, he played for Glentoran, Burnley, Stoke City and Oldham. With Danny Blanchflower, he was the creative force behind the 1950s remarkable NI side. He displayed great class, skill and footballing ability in the days of muddy grounds and heavy wet leather balls. Off the field he was a modest, unassuming, quietly spoken gentleman. McIlroy Park is a fitting memorable to him.

Molly Craig was 95 on 30th May 2018, family, friends, WI and MU members all gathered on a gloriously sunny June afternoon to celebrate. The WI helped with serving teas, coffees, scones and cakes. In lieu of gifts, Molly agreed to a charity collection. The total collected was £675 and £500 was given to the Mothers’ Union for projects at home The remaining £175 was donated to the Donkey Sanctuary near Templepatrick. The family thanks everyone for their support.


MICHAEL SCOTT who died recently was a Drumbeg resident who did major tree planting on his land.

No mausoleum build
To house my ashes; bury
Them beneath our trees...
When the blackbird sings
In the trees above my grave,
Please listen for me...

When the setting sun
Tips our trees with golden fire,
Please watch them for me...

When the gusting wind
Blows falling leaves in your face,
Please feel them for me...

When the gentle rain
Brings out the woodland scents,
Breathe in my presence...

When the trees we reared
In love invade your senses,
Taste me in your tears.

Michael Scott 2009


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